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home : columns December 10, 2018

The Fulfillment Machine
If you don't know, artificial intelligence, AI, is creeping inexorably into our lives. From facial recognition technology to autonomous vehicles, from drone swarms to Siri, from Tesla to Pandora's "Musical DNA," AI and machine learning are among the incredibly powerful - and largely invisible - forces driving our next cultural revolution.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Across the great divide
Have you ever signed up for something and immediately regretted it? Wondered if you could just not show up to whatever you just signed up for? This happened to me recently when I responded to what felt like a healthy challenge for some conservative citizens to turn up to a politically motivated training session.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
The 'wabbit' of Camp Sherman
No... I did not tamper with that desert cottontail's ears, or Photoshop them; that's the way the photo arrived from Richard Skupa.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
We can all do better
At long last, the cacophony of political ads is gone! The backbiting tone of many of those diatribes does more to turn me off of candidates than to consider supporting them.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Our beloved country
The other day, my dear old pal, retired veterinarian, patriot, and fellow church-member, Phillip Brittain, sent me an electronic message entitled, "Laus Deo." I read it through, because most of what Philip sends me is worth the time. This one, for some reason, hit me right where America dwells in my heart.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
An End To War, An End To Peace
Take some time this Sunday, November 11, to reflect upon a moment that occurred exactly 100 years ago. It made the world we live in.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
I saw a wolf, and I liked it
Last week I was elk hunting out east and saw, for the first time, a wolf in the wild. I've seen just about all of the other big predators in North America at one time or another: homo sapiens in various stages of sobriety, bears, lions, bobcats, and gators, but seeing a wolf - and very close - was a first.

For the record: I saw a wolf, and I liked it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Saying goodbye to Uncle Bob
When my wife's charming, but eccentrically goofball, Uncle Bob suddenly hit me with a very serious request, believe me, I paid attention.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The blessing of the horses
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - If you are one who cares about horses or, as in my case, embrace an unreasonable affinity for all things equine, sooner or later you are going to end up in Mexico. This is particularly true if you came of age in the buckaroo traditions, because caballeros from Spain and Mexico are the fathers of that Great Basin tradition.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
You can't get there from here
I've been wondering what there is to say about the saga of Judge Kavanaugh, and the allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. There really is no upside to joining the discussion in the present environment, largely because we seem to have regressed to the tactics of politically driven denunciation in place of evidence and fact.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Bull by Bull
• Part of my annual check-up this year included an abbreviated memory test: Remember three words for half an hour. Failed. Draw a clock and set the time at 11:10 ... channeled Vernon and passed. After all was said and done, the PA asked me if I had any questions, to which I replied, "Yes. You said I passed the memory test and yet I couldn't remember all three words." "Yes, but your clock was out of this world!" she replied. 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Resurrecting the calumet
For many people, the Great American Kaepernick Conundrum looks more like a spoiled brat dishonoring genuine sacrifice than a meaningful protest. The other side views Kaepernick's crusade as a righteous moral and political fight against inveterate police violence and institutional racism.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
There's no place like home
If you ask most seniors, including me, where they would like to live out their lives, the answer is usually "in my home." If that's your answer, there are some important considerations to take into account now to make staying in your home a viable option.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The katydid, by golly
Katydids are not a common sight here in Central Oregon. There aren't a lot of deciduous trees (maples, oaks, elms and such) for them to feed and hide on. But, saying that, I'll bet if you show your 8-year-old the close-up photo of Rebecca Anderson's specimen and then send that young person out the door and say, "Go go get 'em Frank Buck!" he or she will come back with a katydid.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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